I like pizza. I actually like wood-fired pizza. And I already personal a wooden pellet grill. That made me an ideal candidate to check out the Ooni Fyra. It is a transportable, wood-fired pizza oven that makes use of wooden pellets as its gas supply. The identical wooden pellets you might need available when you use a pellet grill — though Ooni may even fortunately promote you its personal. Whereas the portability of the Fyra limits the dimensions of the pies it may make (the cooking floor is 12-inches large), it additionally makes this pizza oven excellent to be used when house is at a premium.
Ooni Fyra assembles in minutes, takes up little house.
Meeting and Operation
Meeting doesn’t get a lot simpler — as you may anticipate from a excessive tech pizza oven that’s billed as being transportable.
A cordierite stone baking board will get slotted into the principle physique of the oven (which is double insulated, powder-coated carbon metal. Three brief however sturdy legs that are tucked up beneath the oven fold down. The entrance door (with deal with) units into place. A bit of vent pipe and a hopper pipe twist into place on the highest. And the gas tray slides into the again. Every part may be carried simply sufficient and weighs simply 32.6 kilos in complete (though the non-obligatory carrying bag could be helpful to truly take it anyplace). It was a easy matter to interrupt the Fyra down and retailer it in my shed after use.
And at simply 27-inches lengthy and 19-inches large, the Ooni Fyra may be arrange just about anyplace, with minimal house required. This was a giant win for me. With three grills arrange completely, there’s probably not a spot for a everlasting pizza grill in my yard. One that may be saved, assembled shortly, and arrange wherever there’s some free house — in my case on high of the wood cowl for the hearth pit — is a giant win. The legs maintain the Fyra excessive sufficient that the wooden was not scorched.
The Fyra burns wooden pellets and requires manually beginning a fireplace.
Operation is the place issues get a bit extra sophisticated, particularly with the introduction of wooden pellets as a gas supply. To start out the hearth, the pellet tray must be stuffed up and a fireplace starter added. Ooni features a bundle of pure fireplace starers within the field, and you may order extra from the corporate’s web site. Gentle the hearth starter, insert the gas tray and watch for the hearth to take off. As the hearth will get going, extra pellets are added by way of the hopper on high, in a gravity feed system.
Contained in the Ooni Fyra, flames from the wooden fireplace are extraordinarily sizzling and may cook dinner a pizza to perfection … [+] in 60 seconds.
Ooni says that in about 15 minutes the Fyra can crank as much as temperatures as excessive as 932°F. Nonetheless, there’s no method to inform the precise temperature with out utilizing an exterior thermometer (Ooni will promote you an infrared thermometer). Adjusting the temperature is a matter of enjoying with the quantity of pellets you feed into the hopper, and adjusting the chimney vent.
Arms-On With the Ooni Fyra
I shortly found that preparation is a large consider your success price with a pizza oven. The primary time I attempted it out, the gorgeous pizzas on my counter ended up wanting like carbon-crusted pretzels by the point they got here out of the Fyra. I realized three classes that spherical: every little thing needs to be well-floured to forestall the dough from sticking, it helps tremendously if in case you have a pizza peel for every pizza you make (so the pizza may be assembled proper on the peel), and as soon as within the oven it is advisable to incessantly rotate the pizza.
Sticky dough and lack of rotation made my first try appear to be a crisped pretzel.
Naturally, Ooni has a variety of pizza peels you should buy, starting from perforated steel variations with an extended deal with, to ones made from bamboo.
Temperature management wasn’t an issue for me — I’m used to doing a variety of handbook tweaking and eyeballing with grills — however if you would like something nearer to real-time temperature adjustment, a gas-powered Ooni pizza oven (just like the Ooni Koda featured by Forbes contributor Lauren Mowery) could be a better option. The one situation I did run into was the adjuster for the chimney vent. It’s steel, and it will get very popular. As I found after I attain for it to shut the vent at one level. I realized to maintain gloves useful in case I wanted to make changes.
By the second spherical, I used to be getting the cling of it and the pizzas beginning wanting like pizzas.
And sure, when that oven will get actually fired up, it’s potential to crank out a pizza in a few minute of cook dinner time. I averaged round two or three minutes (as much as 5 minutes if I slipped and let the hearth die down an excessive amount of), however cooking velocity is really spectacular. By way of wooden pellet consumption, I discovered roughly 5 to 6 cups of pellets was enough to cook dinner six pizzas.
By the third try, spherical pizzas have been previous hat — however I nonetheless must work on cheese distribution.
Ought to the Ooni Fyra be Your New Pizza Oven?
I feel Ooni’s transportable pizza ovens are a terrific thought. Whereas I actually appreciated the wooden pellet-powered model, it won’t be your best option for most individuals. A propane-powered model offers you extra management over temperature and doesn’t require a fireplace starter. Whichever you select, you can also make some actually nice pies in your again yard, with no need a large and dear set up.
The price may be very enticing (the Fyra goes for $249), however remember that the non-obligatory add-ons (peels, a carrying bag, covers, a thermometer, pizza cutter, gloves, faire starters, pellets, non-slip “shoes” for the folding legs, and many others…) can begin to shortly drive up that value, do you have to determine to go all-in.
When you’ve got a yearning for handmade, wood-fired pizza, the Ooni Fyra is unquestionably worth a strive. The corporate says it would purchase again your oven after 60 days when you don’t prefer it, so you actually don’t have a lot to lose…
Disclosure: Ooni supplied a Fyra pizza oven for analysis however had no enter into this evaluation.